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North Korea Reportedly Preparing For Possible ICBM Launch

North Korea is making preparations for the possible launch of another intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korea's Defense Ministry reportedly said, just one day after Pyongyang detonated a nuclear device far more powerful than any that it has previously tested.

Maj. Gen. Jang Kyung-soo, acting deputy minister for national defense policy, said Seoul had detected signs of activity that suggested North Korea, which conducted its first two ICBM test launches in July, was preparing to launch another ballistic missile.

Gen. Jang didn't say what the signs of activity were, or give a time frame for a possible launch. But many experts have been preparing for a weapons test around Sept. 9, when North Korea marks the anniversary of its foundation in 1948.

The U.S. and South Korea are in talks about deploying an aircraft carrier or stealth bombers to South Korea as part of the response to North Korea's recent actions aimed at projecting strength, Gen. Jang reportedly said.

by RTT Staff Writer

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